Station Tybee Island rescues 2 boaters from vessel aground in Savannah River

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard rescued two boaters from a 39-foot catamaran in the Savannah River near Tybee Island, Ga., Sunday at approximately 9:50 p.m.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a distress hail via VHF Channel 16 at 9:30 p.m. reporting the vessel Starship had run aground due to low visibility and bad weather. A 41-foot Utility Boat (UTB) crew from Coast Guard Station Tybee Island immediately deployed to assist.

Rescued was the vessel’s owner and operator Robert Steif, 49, from Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Daryl Staggs, 46, of Conway S.C.

The two people were transported back to shore and were reported to be in good condition.

The Coast Guard would like to remind everybody that VHF Channel 16 is the reserved channel for reporting international distress, safety and hailing for emergencies. The Coast Guard and most coast stations maintain a listening watch on this channel.

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